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The Refectory Reflects On New Album And Changing Dynamics

To lock in with the Refectory, a three-piece rock band whose members all live west of Waterbury, you have to reconcile a few disparate musical forces. On "The Refectory," a new five-song EP (to be released on June 30), time is fluid and grooves ebb and flow across multi-part songs that range in...

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